Friday, September 29, 2023

CMCo Commissioner Actions

Pilot Program Aims at 12th Graders; Grants Fund Varied Programs

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By Al Campbell

CREST HAVEN – Twelfth graders in the county Technical High School and Special Services School will get hands-on work experience in county departments under a pilot program approved by the Board of County Commissioners Sept. 12.

A resolution granting the students the opportunity for “experiential learning” will prepare them for real-world work. It will afford time to apply knowledge and theory taught in the classroom to become relevant to their learning.

The document further notes that the county and schools have developed the program so students might gain practical application and skill development relevant to their learning.

A memorandum of understanding, approved by County Counsel Jeffrey Lindsay, permits the program to begin.

Seek End to Homelessness

The county applied for $64,868 for FY23 to prevent and end homelessness from May 1, 2024, to April 30, 2025, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The application was approved by commissioners Sept. 12 and is through the Southern New Jersey Continuum of Care to leverage resources to end the ongoing problem of homelessness.

According to its website, “The Southern New Jersey Continuum of Care (SNJCoC) is an association of countywide homelessness Continuums of Care that provides information, services, and advocacy for and on behalf of the homeless population in the area of service within the participating Southern NJ counties (Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, and Gloucester).”

Aid to Find Jobs

Two grants from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development (Workfirst New Jersey) that total $1.95 million were received by commissioners Sept. 12.

The more significant grant, for $1.59 million, and the second, for $362,530, are targeted to “support efforts in assisting adults, youth and dislocated workers in finding employment,” according to both resolutions.

The term for both is from July 1, 2023, until June 30, 2024.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The board proclaimed September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in the county. It urges citizens to increase the importance of prostate awareness screenings.

The resolution notes that this year, about 288,300 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer nationwide. In New Jersey, an estimated 9,640 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, and an estimated 730 deaths will occur in 2023.

Veterans exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides are at an increased risk of developing cancer.

Third Avenue Resurfacing Project

Gibson Associates, P.A., of Ocean View, was awarded a $505,996 contract for professional construction engineering services concerning the upcoming resurfacing of Third Avenue (County Road 619) from 80th to 99th streets in Stone Harbor.

Overdose Fatality Review Teams

A $75,000 grant was accepted by the board from the state Department of Health Office of Local Public Health for the 2024 establishment of a multi-agency, countywide Overdose Fatality Review Team.

Its job will be to analyze data, identify regional trends, evaluate strategies to decrease opioid deaths, and prevent future overdoses.

The team will be operated through the county Health Department.

Doyle Appointed to Pollution Control Board

Donna Doyle, of Middle Township, was appointed a Pollution Control Financing Authority member. Her term will expire Feb. 1, 2028.

Resolution Corrects Pumper Sale

A resolution passed Sept. 12 corrected one approved Aug. 22 that wrongly named the entity selling the 2001 Emergency One Cyclone Pumper Fire truck to the county Department of Public Safety Training.

The pumper is being purchased for $30,000 from Lower Township Fire District No. 3. The prior resolution stated that Erma Fire Company was selling the pumper.

Permission Granted for Bridge, Road Use

An indemnification agreement was approved between the county and New Jersey Run for the Fallen Inc. for the Sept. 21 event.

That will allow the military runners to utilize county roads and bridges as they traverse the county from Cape May Point to Ocean City, honoring the memory of several hundred New Jersey service members killed while serving the nation.

The run starts at 7:35 a.m. Sept. 21 at Sunset Beach and will then go to West Lake Drive in the Point to honor Thomas Casey.

At 10:02 a.m., runners will stop at Lower Cape May Regional High School to honor serviceman Michael P. Scusa.

From there, the runners will head into the Wildwoods and north along the coast to Ocean City.

Reporter and former Managing Editor of the Cape May County Herald

Alfred S. “Al” Campbell, who covers Cape May County Board of County Commissioners, is a lifelong Court House resident. He retired as Herald Managing Editor in September 2019 after 32 years.

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